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Hear from our Heroes: Joint Winner, Clinical Audit Professional of the Year

Published: 11 Sep 2020

It was a privilege to be jointly awarded clinical  audit professional of the year. I felt valued knowing that someone in my organisation had nominated me. Really though, this is a reflection on all the great work that goes on in our team and by hard working groups and individuals across our organisation. We are constantly striving to make audit matter, integrate our work as widely as possible, demonstrate improvements and share learning whenever we can.

COVID-19 – Some Positive Outcomes

Published: 10 Sep 2020

With the outbreak of this pandemic, there have been many consequences for the delivery of healthcare in the United Kingdom. It became apparent early on that it was having a negative impact on those with cardiovascular disease.

Hear from our Heroes: Team of the Year

Published: 08 Sep 2020

X-PERT Health was thrilled to hear that we were the winner of Audit Hero Awards “Team of the Year” category. This was for demonstrating high levels of patient engagement and co-design as well as evidence-based systemic change leading to sustained improvement.

Hear from our Heroes: Clinical Practitioner of the Year (Local)

Published: 07 Sep 2020

It was a great privilege to be nominated for the audit hero awards (thanks to my colleagues who think I do a good job in this area). It was incredibly exciting when I heard that I won the award. Certainly a game changer in my QI journey!

Hear from our Heroes: Clinical Audit Professional of the Year (National)

Published: 04 Sep 2020

I felt like an expert.

Hear from our Heroes: Student of the Year

Published: 03 Sep 2020

Last year, I was awarded the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership Audit Hero award for Student of the Year. Now, I’m encouraging healthcare professionals to nominate their students for recognition of their quality improvement (QI) work at university.

Hear from our Heroes: Clinical Practitioner of the Year (national)

Published: 02 Sep 2020

For me personally it was a fabulous and unexpected pleasure to have received the award last year. But in reality, this really recognised the great team at the CRANE Database based at the Clinical Effectiveness Unit, Royal College of Surgeons, I had worked with since 2008. It gave the whole team immense satisfaction to think how their work had been recognised by peers for delivering excellence and impacting patient care through the constructive use of data and data linkage.

Hear from our Heroes: Clinical Audit Professional of the Year (local)

Published: 01 Sep 2020

I felt very honoured and surprised to win Clinical Audit Professional of the Year in 2019 jointly with Colin Barnes. I knew I had been nominated but after seeing so many talented clinical audit staff at regional meetings and seeing the amazing work they had produced on the NQICAN forum I didn’t think I had a chance. I am very grateful to my colleagues for the glowing nomination and for the support they continue to give me every day.

Just Say Yes, Please

Published: 10 Aug 2020

At this time last year, to mark the arrival of the next cohort of junior doctors arriving or turning round, I wrote a blog entitled Just Say No. This was to suggest that, on induction with your new educational supervisor, if they suggested getting out 20 sets of case notes and doing an “audit”, that this offer was declined and a more productive quality improvement activity pursued (with the caveat that if the supervisor was to be intimately involved in the notes review, that that would be acceptable).

The Baroness Cumberlege Report – First do no harm (Published 8th July 2020)

Published: 22 Jul 2020

The report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (IMMDs) The Cumberlege review has reported on three important clinical areas where harm has occurred; Primodos, sodium valproate and surgical mesh insertion for female urinary incontinence. The review has helped us identify a direction of travel in assuring new medical devices being introduced to treat a wide variety of conditions. The principals are generalisable and I believe we should use these as we develop additional devices registries. 2. This review into the treatment of female incontinence with surgical mesh is specific. It has given us interesting insights into the various vehicles that, in some respects, we take for granted, when holding patients’ data for review purposes; namely data bases and registries. In the course of this work, Cumberlege has defined databases and registries. These definitions, if accepted, can be extrapolated out into other areas where medical devices are implanted and further into other areas of healthcare.

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